I absolutely second the previous post's suggestion to use the 1997 TV mini-series of The Odyssey. I have taught The Odyssey (or at least portions of it) on many occasions and used the TV adaptation each time with great results. The kids LOVED the movie, and Armand Assante makes a great Odysseus. There are some excellent special effects, and the monsters are visually stunning. Naturally, there are some scenes missing and some condensed story-telling as well, but this is certainly one of the best (if not the best) versions of the story available. The rest of the cast--including Greta Scacchi (Penelope), Isabella Rossellini (Athena), Bernadette Peters (Circe), Irene Papas (Anticlea), Vanessa Williams (Calypso), Michael J. Pollard (Aeolus) and Eric Roberts (Eurymachus)--is also superb. The Odyssey won Emmys for Best Director and Best Special Visual Effects and was nominated for several others (including Best Miniseries). It certainly helps the students to better visualize the story, and I'm sure you will be able to create some lessons using the comparisons of the two.